Disney World has reopened and the magic has returned! Discover 21 Fun Facts about this resort that just may surprise you. Did you know…?

  • 1.  Walt Disney World Resort is about the size of San Francisco or two Manhattan Islands, covering 30,000 acres. Only ¼ of the land is developed and another ¼ is set aside as a wilderness preserve.
  • 2.  Walt Disney purchased these 47 square miles of swampland in 1965 for a mere $5 million.
  • 3.  Each year, Disney guests consume 50 million Cokes (no Pepsi), 10 million hamburgers, 7 million hot dogs, 9 million pounds of French fries, two million pounds of ketchup, ½ million pounds of mac & cheese, 300,000 pounds of popcorn, one million pounds of watermelon and 13 million bottles of water!
  • 4.  Main Street U.S.A. is a romanticized version of Walt Disney‘s hometown of Marceline, Missouri… meant to be a representation of small town America in the early 1900’s.
  • 5. Smellitizers” add to the ambience of Main Street U.S.A. by emitting scents of vanilla or freshly baked cookies… and peppermint scents at Christmastime.

  • 6.  Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom only travel at 26 mph… seeming much faster! The Monorail was once the fastest ride at Disney. Now Epcot’s Test Track tops them all at 65 mph.
  • 7.  Cinderella’s Castle is not made of stone. This fairy tale castle is made of fiberglass, built to withstand hurricane winds of up to 125 mph. Disney Imagineers created the castle to look taller than its 189 feet by making the “bricks” smaller as the castle gets higher.
  • 8.  Magic Kingdom’s Opening Day admission price in 1971 was just $3.50… the price of a bottle of Dasani water at the park today! Child tickets were only $1. Admission price today is over $100.
  • 9.  Florida is the lightning capital of the country. Lightning rods are scattered throughout Disney World. Next time you visit Hollywood Studios, check out Mickey atop the tower at the entrance. Mickey’s ear is copper, acting as a mouse lightning rod.

  • 10.  Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Hollywood Studios launches riders at a speed of 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds.
  • 11.  U2 was first approached to be the starring rock band featured on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. When they declined, Aerosmith became the reigning stars of this popular coaster.
  • 12.  There is a secret network of tunnels under Magic Kingdom! Since it was built on swampland, the 9 acre maze of tunnels was built at ground level and Magic Kingdom was built atop it. Cast members navigate their way around the park following color codes on each tunnel.
  • 13.  Epcot’s “The Seas” Aquarium is the 2nd largest aquarium in America, ranking just below the Georgia Aquarium. “The Seas” is home to more than 8,000 sea creatures in its 5.7 million gallons of water.

  • 14.  Adventureland’s Splash Mountain takes riders speeding down a 5-story, free fall plunge at 40 mph at a 45° angle into a pool that splashes over nearly everyone aboard.
  • 15.  Hollywood Studios opened as Disney-MGM Studios in 1989, an actual working studio where movies like Mulan and Lilo & Stitch were made. The All-New Mickey Mouse Club was filmed here with stars like Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling and Christina Aguilera.
  • 16.  Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin at Magic Kingdom is a laser-shooting attraction that ranks players’ scores. The top ranking is “Galactic Hero” with a score of 900,000 to 999,999 points.

  • 17.  Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom is the tallest attraction at Disney World at just under 200 feet. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios stands at 199 feet. Disney keeps them at this height since any structure over 200 feet tall requires red flashing lights by aviation rules.
  • 18.  Disney does not sell gum at any of its parks. This prevents guests from stepping on the gum around the parks or on any of the attractions.
  • 19.  Over 200 sunglasses a day are turned into Disney’s Lost & Found… along with a yearly total of 6,000 cell phones, 3,500 digital cameras, 18,000 hats and 7,500 autograph books.
  • 20.  The iconic Spaceship Earth at Epcot weighs 16 million tons and towers at 183 feet tall. When the Florida rains hit, no water ever pours off the sphere onto passing guests. Water is absorbed into the triangular panels and funneled over to the World Showcase Lagoon.

  • 21.  The holidays are stunning at Disney World. Over 150 tractor trailer loads of decorations are used, including 8.5 million lights, 1,500 Christmas trees, and miles and miles of garlands. The parks are transformed into a winter wonderland!